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Indriya Beach Resort & SPA Cherai, Kochi

Indriya Beach Resort and Spa consists of secluded luxury cottages, sumptuously appointed executive suites, banquet areas and a state of the art spa set on an elegant landscape dotted with palms and tropical plants. Nestled between the Cherai beach and lagoon, serenity is the order of the day. Lulled by the hush of the lagoon, the calls of tropical birds, canoes sending soft ripples through the water, the muttered voices of fishermen and in the background the muted growl of the sea, the hiss of waves descending on the beach - you are in the realm of forces primal and sensual.

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POYIL (Pool Villa)

Luxury cottages set beside the lagoon, with wooden roofs, a private pool and Jacuzzi, elegantly furnished in muted shades and equipped with the state of the art in amenities. At dawn, watch the sunrise over the lagoon from the private sit out as fishermen row out in their canoes, drawing in the night's catch.


  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • 01 LCD TV & 01 LED TV
  • Max. capacity : 04 Pax
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Ceiling Fan
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
  • Guest Supplies
  • Direct Dialing
  • AC with climate control
Bed Room - 220 sqft
Bathroom - 51 sqft
Sit Out - 57 sqft
Verandah - 130 sqft
Dressing Area - 45 sqft
Pool - 66 sqft
Living Room - 255 sqft

PERIYAR (Standard Single Cottage)

Stylishly furnished individual cottages with wooden roofs, private sit out areas in the front, facing the garden fringed pond and at the rear, looking out at the lagoon.


  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • 01 LCD TV & 01 LED TV
  • Max. capacity : 04 Pax
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Ceiling Fan
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
  • Guest Supplies
  • Direct Dialing
  • AC with climate control
Bed Room - 228 sqft
Bathroom - 56 sqft
Sit Out - 88 sqft
Dressing Area - 31 sqft

MARINA (Contemporary Rooms: Sea facing)

Sea facing executive rooms with wooden floors, stylish contemporary decor and the state of the art in amenities. Ideal for guests seeking a balance between the demands of work and relaxation. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean and spectacular sunsets through the large glass windows.


  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • LCD TV
  • Max. capacity : 03 Pax
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Guest Supplies
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
  • Direct Dialing
  • AC with climate control
Bed Room - 346 sqft
Bathroom - 52 sqft
Dressing Area - 30 sqft

KOVILAKOM (Heritage Villa)

Translocated traditional Kerala houses in vernacular architecture, these villas are entirely built of wood, elegantly furnished with traditional fittings adapted for modern use and state of the art in amenities. Living amidst the profusion of wood is a unique experience, as are the open to sky toilets and rain showers.


  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • LCD TV
  • Max. capacity : 02 Pax
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Ceiling Fan
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
  • Guest Supplies
  • Direct Dialing
  • AC with climate control
Bed Room - 140 sqft
Bathroom - 85 sqft
Dressing Area - 90 sqft

ERUMAADOM (Tree house)

Built on bamboo stilts of bamboo with walls made of wooden panels and offering a breathtaking view of the ocean, Erumadam is a Kerala style tree house albeit with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel. In times past an Erumadam was used by farmers as a sanctuary from the weather and wild animals as they sat in watch over their fields and plantations.


  • Ceiling Fan
  • Guest Supplies
  • Direct Dialing
  • Max. capacity : 02 Pax
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
Bed Room - 103 sqft
Bathroom - 27 sqft
Sit Out - 34 sqft


Should you desire to go out and explore the fascinating rhythms of life along the palm fringed backwater canals, our houseboat awaits, embark on a day or overnight luxury cruise. Designed as a perfect replica of a traditional barge called a 'Kettuvallom', once used as barges to ferry grain and other produce, the interiors are sumptuous and fitted out with the state of the art in amenities.

In the course of your cruise you will get to observe at close quarters the daily lives of the people who live on the banks of the canals in a unique ecosystem and who have adapted every aspect of their lives to the presence of water all around them.


  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • Guest Supplies
  • AC - Night only
  • Max. capacity : 02 Pax
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
Bed Room - 90 sqft
Bathroom - 26 sqft
Sit Out - 26 sqft
Verandah - 16 sqft

MAALIKA (Cottages (G+1)

Blocks of four independent, elegantly furnished rooms built in pseudo colonial architecture with balconies and sit outs beside the pond and garden. The rooms on the upper floors provide great views of the lagoon as well.


  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • LCD TV
  • Max. capacity : 03 Pax
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Ceiling Fan
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
  • Guest Supplies
  • Direct Dialing
  • AC with climate control
Bed Room - 311 sqft
Bathroom - 50 sqft
Sit Out - 72 sqft

GARDENIA (Contemporary Rooms: rear facing)

Executive rooms with wooden floors, contemporary decor and the state of the art in amenities situated opposite the Marina rooms.


  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • LCD TV
  • Max. capacity : 03 Pax
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Guest Supplies
  • 24 hours Hot & Cold water
  • Direct Dialing
  • AC with climate control
Bed Room - 205 sqft
Bathroom - 50 sqft

The Indriya Beach Resort and Spa consists of secluded luxury cottages, sumptuously appointed executive suites and banquet areas and a state of the art spa set on an elegant landscape dotted with palms and tropical plants. Nestled between the Cherai beach and lagoon, serenity is the order of the day. Lulled by the hush of the lagoon, the calls of birds, canoes sending soft ripples through the water, the muttered voices of fishermen and in the background the muted growl of the sea and the hiss of waves descending on the beach, you are in the realm of forces primal and sensual.

The resort offers a state of the art gymnasium that is a unique mind-and-body experience designed to provide physical challenges and mental relaxation. Maintain your regimen in a state-of-the-art fitness facility featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, full-length mirrors, surround-sound audio system and advanced cardio fitness equipment with individual flat screen televisions. Set amidst contemporary décor and a serene ambience the view through the sea facing windows is a bonus.

acilities Provided To In House Guest At Indriya Beach Resort and Spa, hospitality is the center of our business. We are here to offer 200% satisfaction to every traveler who stays with us and ensure that they go back with smiling faces.

Facilities And Amenities Provided On Complimentary Basis
Guests lodging with us can avail - breakfast (Indian & Continental), bottled mineral water (500ml), soap, Dental kit, comb, shampoo, moisturizer, shoeshine strip, all-purpose kit, free internet access, daily choice of complimentary newspaper, shoeshine machine, valet parking, health club, and guest stationary.

Facilities And Amenities Provided On Request On Complimentary Basis
Guests can request us for shaving Kit, Shower Cap, Hair Dryer, Iron & Iron Board, Safe Deposit lockers and Wheel chair. Along with it high quality guest amenities and multi channel entertainment can be enjoyed. Our rooms are not mere spaces to rest your tired backs, but offer a whole new luxury experience.

Facilities On Request On Chargeable Basis
Travel desk, In-house laundry, Doctor on call, Fax, 24 hour coffee shop, Multi Cuisine restaurants, Conference halls and other state-of-the-art facilities, laundry and telephone.


  • Spa
  • Conference Hall
  • Ayurveda Centre
  • Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • Coffee Shop
  • Health Club
  • Travel Assistance
  • Swimming Pool
  • Games Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Kids Park
  • Natural Pool
  • Electronic Safe
  • Wi Fi
  • 24 hours in room Dining
  • Minibar
  • Intercom
  • Hot & Cold water
  • Minibar
  • Intercom
  • Hot & Cold water
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  • Fitness Centre
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fishing Deck
  • Doctor On Call
  • Buggies
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities
  • Currency Exchange
  • Travel Desk
  • Children's Play Area


Indiriya Sands is a dedicated beach activity centre equipped with extensive banquet facilities, fully furnished rooms and a play / activity area for children. Situated about 3 km from the resort, facing the Kuzhipally Beach, bordered by fields of paddies to the east and Casuarina trees to the west, beneath lush palms and a profusion of tropical plants, Indriya Sands is just the destination to base your day out at the beach.

The Kuzhipally beach is a gorgeous stretch of powdery golden sand fringed by Casuarina groves on either end. Sit beneath palm leaf thatched umbrellas on the beach, sink into a hammock stretched out amidst the trees, sip a chill drink, savor a sumptuous snack, indulge a whim. Lying on a lounger read a book, contemplate the froth flecked waves break as they approach the shore, go down to the water line and swim. Else you could get a team together for a spot of beach volleyball, test your strength with tug of war or fly kites. Our chef will serve refreshments through the day, a sumptuous buffet for lunch else you could opt to order a la carte. End the day as a marmalade sun dips into the ocean past a final flourish of candy floss clouds.

Back Water Cruise

Duration: 4 Hrs
Starting Time: 6.00Hrs

  • Bird Watching
  • Production of the golden fibre coir and coir products from coconut husk
  • Pallipuram Fort, built in 1503 by the Portuguese
  • Pokkali paddy fields
  • Boat building yards
  • Chinese fishing nets
  • Back water sights & sounds
  • Sights of remote village hamlets

Local Sight Seeing on Tuk-Tuk (auto rickshaw)

Duration: 3 Hrs
Starting Time: 7.00Hrs

  • Munambam fishing harbor
  • Pallipuram fort
  • Pallipuram church
  • British village
  • Various temples
  • Pokkali Paddy fields

Muziris Package

Duration: full day
Starting Time: 7.30Hrs, Reach back to resort by 17.00 Hrs

  • Chennamangalam Jewish Synagogue
  • Cheraman Mosque
  • Dutch Cemetery
  • Kizhthali Siva Temple
  • KodungalloorBhagavathi Temple
  • KottakavuSt Thomas Church
  • Kottappuram Fort
  • Marthoma Church
  • Paliam Palace
  • Paravur Jewish Synagogue
  • Parur Market
  • Pattanam Excavation Site
  • ThiruvanchikulamMahadeva Temple
  • Vypeekotta Seminary

Sea going Fishing trip

Duration: 4 Hrs
Starting Time: 5.00Hrs

  • Boarding at Munambam Fishing Harbour 6 Kms away

Cochin (Kochi) Heritage Tour

Duration: full day
Starting Time: 9.30Hrs, Reach back to resort by 19.00 Hrs

  • Sight seeing In the morning, proceed to Cochin( Queen of the Arabian Sea ) historical city of Kerala. Here you visit the     remnants of a historical port, which has a unique history of its St. Francis Church, the oldest church in India built in 1503     AD (I am not sure if this is correct. St Thomas churches are much older. Maybe the first church built by Europeans)
  • Dutch palace (Mattancherry Palace) built by the Portuguese and renovated by the Dutch with its coronation hall decorated with spectacular murals
  • Chinese fishing net
  • Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth
  • Jew town
  • Center of spice trade
  • Antique/curio shops
  • Tour winds up with aKathakali Dance performance 

Kodanad - Athirapally Nature Trail

Duration: Half Day
Starting Time: 6.00Hrs, Reach back to resort by 12.30 Hrs

Kodanad is the traditional training centre of captive elephants, can do elephant ride. Athirapally 80 ft high water falls at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a popular picnic spot. Just a short drive from Athirappilly, Vazhachal, this picturesque waterfalls is close to dense green forest. Transfer to Hotel/Resort.

Fishing and Angling

Duration: 3 Hrs
Starting Time: 7.00 Hrs / 16.00 Hrs

Cherai is a veritable angler's paradise. We offers you a wide choice of fishing tour packages to the brilliant and glistening backwaters in cherai. We provide the very best of equipment, fishing rods graphite and ringal bamboo hi-quality resilient fishing lines and top of the line artificial bait and tackles - spinners, spoons and artificial flies.

Chineese fishing nets

Duration: 2 Hrs
Starting Time: 7.00 Hrs / 16.00 Hrs

Spend your evening in a Chinese fishing net , catch fish, crab and cook for you


Duration: 3 Hrs
Starting Time: 6.00Hrs

The crystal clear waters around cherai beach are ideal. there is ample scope for bird and animal watching. You may actually spot a heron or stork scrounging for its prey amid the paddy fields, or ducks waddling in shallow pools and. Cherai's backwaters which constitute a network of lakes, lagoons, canals and estuaries are home to a wide variety of freshwater flora and fauna.


Duration: 3 Hrs
Starting Time: 7.30 Hrs / 16.00 Hrs

Cherai offers plenty variety for the cyclist. there are smooth- surfaced highways, irttracks,coastal routes hrough coconut groves, winding country roads and many more.

Motor cycling

Duration: 4 Hrs
Starting Time: 7.30 Hrs / 15.30 Hrs

Cherai is probably the best place in kerala to hire a motorcycle and go cruising through the backroad. Motorcycle riding is an exhilarating way to see the country side, and offers the freedom to go when and where you like.

Cookery Classes

Duration: 2.30 Hrs, Starting Time: 16.00 Hrs


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    All day multi cuisine restaurant, set beside the pool, with a view of the lagoon, serves buffets and our chef’s signature fusion cooking and health food.


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    For special occasions, on request - a barbecue set beside the pond with a Chinese fishing net. Guests may catch fish of their choice from the pond and have them barbecued.


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    Located on a terrace above the larger banquet area, The Malabar is sea food and ethnic cuisine restaurant overlooking the sea, with a barbecue and open air seating under palm thatched umbrellas. View a spectacular sunset and dine under the stars on a clear night.


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    All day multi cuisine restaurant, set beside the pool, with a view of the lagoon, serves buffets and our chef’s signature fusion cooking and health food.

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    A perfect setting for corporate boardroom meetings accommodating upto 25 pax, Sangam offers top of the line equipment including video conferencing facilities.

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    Indoor and outdoor spaces situated beside the resort’s jetty with stunning views of the lagoon. Includes a multi purpose, first floor hall, overlooking the backwaters with circular sweeping views of the resort and backwaters offering seclusion for your meetings and parties.

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Yavana Spa

The Yavana is a serene and stylish, state of the art spa offering an extensive range of Ayurveda cures and international beauty treatments. Manned by qualified and experienced professionals who will take you through the process of diagnosis, treatment and post treatment care, the Yavana Spa will ensure that you leave a rejuvenated person.

Today the need for a holistic approach to health is more relevant than ever before. This is where nature shows us the way. We offer several rejuvenation programs suited to your specific constitution and lifestyle, based on the traditional principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda works by bringing balance to our vital energies - or 'doshas' - through an individually tailored combination of treatments, exercise, diet and lifestyle modifications.

The Yavana Spa was created to ensure your spiritual well-being and the complete relaxation of your body. Our services also include a range of massage routines from different parts of the world. In addition, we also offer body scrubs, foot reflexology, and aromatherapy.


Abhyangam 2,000/-  (General Body Massage)
Elakkizhi 2,750/-
Navarakkizhi 3,250/-
Dhara 4,000/-
Udwarthanam 3,500/-
Pizhichil 4,500/-
Head/Face Massage 1,000/-
Sirovasthi 2,500/-
Nasyam & Thalam 750/-
Tharapanam 2,000/-
Sneha Vasthi           2,000/-
Kasaya Vasthi 2,000/-
Karnapooranam 950/-
Thalapothichil 2,750/-
Kheeradhara 2,750/-
Steam bath 1,250/-
Mukhalapanam 900/-
  • Cherai beach

    Cherai Beach

    A beautiful stretch of golden beach, for holiday makers who prefer to spend some time relaxing on the beach. Take dip and unwind, quench your thirst with tender coconuts and if lucky see dolphins at play. With beach beds and umbrellas available for hire, Cherai beach is a pleasant and convenient place to stay, swim and sunbathe. The newly beautified 400m of central beach has a walkway, high mask lamps and trained security staff, making the beach enjoyable even at night. There is also a park for children on the beach which is safe for all ages. Cherai beach is just 25 km from Kochi and 20km from the Cochin International airport.

  • Break - Water Point

    Break - Water Point

    Situated at the northern end of Cherai beach, Break-water point is where the river Periyar flows into the Arabian Sea. It is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the views and watch local fishermen in their traditional canoes and colorful boats. Perfect spot to view dazzlingly beautiful sunsets

  • The Backwaters

    The Backwaters

    The backwaters of Cherai, with their charm and beauty are a combination of lakes, lagoons and canals, essentially the heart of Cherai. Beside the placid waters of the Periyar River with overhanging coconut trees you can observe the daily life unfolding on the shores of the canals, catch a glimpse of the art of coir making and see large boats being built entirely from wood. A quiet detour can also be made by boat through a stretch of scenic backwaters called the Kollam- Kottapurram National Waterway

  • Lake (Poyil)

    Lake (Poyil)

    Situated just a stone's throw away from the main beach, where the sea and the backwaters are divided by a narrow strip of land. With the morning mist evaporating from the tranquil waters and traditional fishermen casting their nets, waking at dawn is well worth the effort. Another delightful way to experience the lake is from the water on a pedal boat or a row boat available for hire. You might want to practice your angling skills and experience the thrill of catching your own fish.

  • Paddy fields around Cherai

    Paddy fields around Cherai

    The emerald green fields are cultivated below sea level amidst a charming pastoral environment. These waterlogged fields tend to be single crop areas, mostly rice. However, following the harvest, paddy fields are used to farm fish, mainly prawns. Exotic flora and fauna are to be found around the paddy fields allowing you to enjoy encounters with butterflies and spot dozens of alluring species of birds and fish.

  • Portuguese fort

    Portuguese fort

    Built in 1503 by the Portuguese and also known as ‘Aya Kota’, this fort is the oldest European monument in India. It was constructed as an outpost to safeguard the ancient port of Muziris. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661. In 1789 it was sold to the king of Travancore and in 1795 it came under the ownership of the British East India Company. The three storey hexagonal structure is a very well preserved bastion. The fort was repaired between 1596 and 1605 with a façade added in the Manuelino style, possibly the only such structure in India.

  • Gowreeswaram Temple and festival

    Gowreeswaram Temple and festival

    The Gowreeswaram temple is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre in Kerala built in 1912. It was dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan, the god of war. The idol was installed by the great social reformer Narayana Guru. The temple is renowned for its legendary festival with the trumpeting of more than 25 elephants, the compelling percussion of Panchavadya (a ethnic percussion ensemble) playing on the lawn and the thrilling fireworks display, all part of time honored traditions.

  • Pallipuram Church

    Pallipuram Church

    Pallipuram church was built by the Portuguese in 1507 and houses an exquisite picture of Ave Mary positioned above the altar that originated in Portugal. Surprisingly the church survived the Dutch slaughter of Catholics and the Dutch even built the chapel and a house for the priest. The annual festival at Pallipuram church which takes place for 15 days is an important part of the cultural life of Cherai.

  • Varaha temple and chariot festival

    Varaha temple and chariot festival

    The Varaha temple was constructed in 1869 and is the only temple in South India where deities, incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu are installed beside each other and worshipped as a unity. The temple structure is renowned for its wood carving, a silver palanquin, the eastern 'gopuram' and the temple tank that are distinctive. The temple chariot is built entirely of silver and Chinese glass and is a rarity in temples being the only temple chariot in the world that runs on rails. Traditionally the chariot festival takes place twice a year and involves devotees pulling it around the temple accompanied by a percussion ensemble.

  • British


    The area named 'British' was granted to the Portuguese by the Raja of Cochin. In 1574 they established the Vypin Kota Seminary and a Jesuit Monastery here. In 1579 they started the first printing press in Kerala in the adjoining seminary, but Portuguese missionaries were forced to shift both the printing press and the seminary to Chennamangalam. In 1728 the seminary was converted to a leprosy asylum.

    The British defeated the Dutch in 1795 and entered into treaties with the rulers of Cochin and Travancore, assigning limited power to the local rulers with the British retaining ultimate power. The leprosy asylum, surrounding land and certain buildings were under direct British control and so the area came to be known as 'British'. In 1921 the leprosy asylum was closed and in 1925 the British Little Flower Convent was opened

  • Munabam fishing harbor

    >Munabam fishing harbor

    The Munabam fishingharbor is one of the major fishing harbors in India with more than 1000 fishing boats operating from it. Many types of sea food are exported from here to Europe and other destinations. Fishing is the main source of income in this area providing a livelihood to more than 20,000 local people. Near the harbor you can visit several boat building yards with the best times to visit being early morning and late afternoon.

  • Juma Masjid Munabam

    >Juma Masjid Munabam

    Although it is not known when this mosque was built, it was reconstructed in 1869. This place of worship makes an interesting excursion for visitors to Cherai.

  • Marthoma Pontifical Shrine

    >Marthoma Pontifical Shrine

    This modern shrine honors St.Thomas the Apostle who is believed to have landed in Maliankara in AD.52. The shrine is set in a semi circle with the church in the centre flanked by statues of the saints. In 1953 relics believed to be the bones from the right arm of St.Francis were placed within the shrine. The shrine is opened daily, late in the afternoon, for public viewing. St. Thomas' arrival is celebrated annually with a huge festival on the Sunday following 21st November.

  • North Paravur

    North Paravur

    Paravur is an ancient town that was once a trading post and has a Jewish Synagogue and once held a thriving Jew community before their migration to Israel.

  • Chennamangalam Jewish Synagogue

    Chennamangalam Jewish Synagogue

    The Jewish Synagogue at Chennamangalam was constructed around the 17th century and is built in the traditional style of Synagogue architecture with a separate entrance for women. The land for it was provided by a prominent family of Paliam, traditionally ministers in the court of the kingdom of Kochi, who owned the village of Chennamangalam during that period.

    The Department of Archeology has scientifically conserved the Synagogue which was otherwise in a dilapidated state. A tomb inscription believed to belong to one of the early members of the Synagogue is found in front of it. Many other tomb inscriptions have been found at the same site on the eastern side of the Synagogue, in a cemetery that is a part of this Synagogue. The Department of Archaeology, in collaboration with Jews living abroad, has arranged a display inside the Synagogue that is worth viewing, titled – ‘The Jewish Synagogues in Kerala’.

  • Cheraman Juma Masjid

    Cheraman Juma Masjid

    The Cheraman Masjid is said to be the very first mosque in India, built in 629 AD by Malik lbn Dinar. Scholars are of the opinion that an old Buddha temple was gifted to the early Muslims to establish the mosque. It is believed that this mosque was first renovated and reconstructed in the 11th century C.E. and again 300 years ago. The front portion was demolished and extended in 1974 to accommodate the larger congregations that began to gather for prayers. Today, people of all religions come to this mosque and many non-Muslims conduct ‘vidhyarambham’ (the initiation ceremony to the world of letters) of their children here.

  • Kizhthali Siva Temple

    Kizhthali Siva Temple

    According to ancient historical sources this temple existed during the reign of the Perumals (B.C 113-AD 343.) It was first destroyed by the Portuguese and then the Dutch. Later, Tipu Sulthan of Mysore in the course of his invasion of Kerala destroyed it further, razing most of the temple to the ground, except the ‘garbagriham’, which still stands.

    In the days of its former glory, the temple boasted of a ‘Koothu Parambu’, a ‘Kalari Parambu’ and a ‘Kalapura Parambu’(spaces for the performance and demonstrations of art forms). Presently, it is maintained by the Department of Archaeology, while the religious functions are carried out by a private trust.

  • Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple

    Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple

    The temple is located about 1.5 km southeast of the bus stand. It is assumed that an idol of ‘Kannaki’, a deity of the temple was installed about 1800 years ago by Cheran Chenkuttuvan of the Chera dynasty. The presiding deity of the temple is ‘Bhadrakali’ (Goddess Kali). On the eastern side of the main shrine there is a secret chamber from which a door opens to the shrine.

    The most famous festival of the Kurumbakavu temple is the Bharani festival which starts on the Bharani asterism, as per the month of Meenam (March-April) of the Malayalam calendar. The animal sacrifices that once were part of the festival in this temple are now banned, but the pilgrims still drink liquor and sing lewd songs, all the way on the pilgrimage from their villages to the shrine, as part of the rituals.

  • Kottakavu Church

    Kottakavu Church

    The Kottakavu church is said to be one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas during 52 AD. It is also known as ‘Valiyapally’(big church), indicating that it was a mother church. In the 19th century, due to the lack of space in the old church for conducting Holy Mass and community functions, the new church was built. The parishioners have preserved the old church situated behind the new one, an elephantine wall, called ‘Anamathil’ and on to the west a pond where the Apostle is believed to have baptized the devotees.

  • Kottappuram Fort

    Kottappuram Fort

    Kottappuram Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1523 was referred to popularly as Cranganore Fort, today, known as Kodungallur Fort. It was captured and destroyed by the Dutch in 1663. The fort had a strategic importance, situated at the mouth of the river Periyar and controlling access to the ships and boats that passed to and from the interior of Malabar. A town developed around this fort. A church and many traditional houses in the nearby area, built by the Europeans still remain today. Kottappuram Fort played a significant role in many wars between the Zamorin and the rulers of Kochi. In 1662 a Dutch fleet made an attempt to capture it from the Portuguese, but that invasion was successful only in 1663. A fierce battle ensued and the fort was severely damaged. After taking over the fort the Dutch used it as an outhouse to guard their trade ships.

    When the interest of the rulers of Mysore turned towards Malabar, the Mysore king Haider Ali negotiated with the Dutch for the purchase of the Kottappuram Fort and the one at Pallippuram. During Tipu Sultan’s possession of the Malabar Coast, the Travancore rulers felt it was imperative for them to possess these forts, to safeguard their kingdom against invasion by the Mysore rulers. The then Travancore King, Ramavarma Dharmaraja (1758-1798), purchased these two forts on 31 July 1789. The agreement was executed in 1909, by Raja Kesava Dasa, the Dewan of Travancore and John Gerard Van Angelbeck, the Dutch Governor.

  • Marthoma Church

    Marthoma Church

    The Marthoma Church is located on the bank of River Periyar. A holy relic of St. Thomas the Apostle of Jesus is enshrined here for public worship. The sannidhi is opened to the pilgrims every day on request, so that they can pay their tribute and worship at close quarters.

    Azhikode derived its name from azhimugham, meaning an opening to the sea, since it is here that the Periyar joins with the Arabian Sea. Boating facilities for pilgrims are available at a moderate rate at the Marthoma Gate on the river. Other facilities for pilgrims here include a light and sound show, dining hall, mini auditorium, daily stalls for mementos, research books, and scenery posters.

  • Paliam Palace, Paliath Achans

    Paliam Palace, Paliath Achans

    The Paliam Palace was the residence of the Paliath Achans, who were traditionally the prime ministers to the former Maharajas of the State of Kochi. During the 16th century, when the security of the king was under threat by the Portuguese, the then Paliath Achan ensured the safety of the Raja by escorting him to Chendamangalam where he lived incognito. The Dutch in appreciation of the Paliath Achan's services renovated this building in Chendamangalam and presented it to him.

    With minimal ornamentation, the building it reflects the Dutch influence in the architecture, elaborately carved wooden staircases and balustrades and thick walls with splayed openings. An air vent runs along the private area of the building, insulating the interior, facilitating movement of air movement, making it cooler compared to the periphery. In earlier times, women were not allowed inside. Only the elder members of the family could stay there. The Paliath Achans used to address the people of Chendamangalam from a podium built on top of the gateway of the palace.

  • Paliam Nalukettu

    Paliam Nalukettu

    No longer occupied, this classical structure in the ‘Nallukettu’ style of architecture was built by an elder member of the family in the year 1786, for the women and minor boys of Paliam. It has a big courtyard at the centre with rooms and a ‘Purathalam’ (a common space for recreational activities, where the members gathered to chat.) surrounding it. There used to be a common dining hall and a common kitchen where all the members lived and dined together, under the protection of ‘Valiachan’ (the most elderly person in the family).

  • Pallippuram Fort

    Pallippuram Fort

    Pallippuram Fort known as 'Ayakkotta' or 'Alikkotta' ('kotta' in Malayalam means fort) was constructed by the Portuguese in 1507. In many books, this fort is referred to as an octagonal structure, although it is a hexagon. The relics of this fort are now a bastion of three stories in height where, inside the fort, the floor is raised to 5 feet from the ground. Beneath the floor a small cellar opens on to a passage, which runs obliquely from north to south. The Portuguese used the Pallippuram Fort as a base to check the ships that sailed the Periyar and the cellar was used for storing gunpowder. A church, a hospital and living quarters have been found near this fort.

    This fort was besieged by the Dutch in 1662 and though the Portuguese defended it, they were ultimately defeated, after which the Dutch occupied the fort. The strategic location of the Pallipuram Fort caught the attention of the Mysore rulers, who tried to purchase it from the Dutch. But the English East India Company intervened and terminated that proposal. In 1789, the ruler of Travancore in a strategic move purchased the Pallippuram and Kottappuram forts. After the decline of the Mysore rulers, the English East India Company took possession of the whole Malabar area. Gradually the fort lost its importance and was abandoned by the military. In 1964, it was declared a protected monument, under the Department of Archaeology.

  • Paravur Jewish Synagogue

    Paravur Jewish Synagogue

    The building is located in the former Jewish Street of the Paravur region serving as the place of worship for the Jewish community that settled very close to the Paravur Market. The complex comprises of two buildings – a section in the double storied entrance and the main synagogue separated by an open space. The section at the entrance called the ‘Padipura’ features two rooms on either side which were used for storage on the ground floor and Hebrew classes were conducted in the floor above. Beyond this is a small courtyard which leads to the main entry to the synagogue.

    The synagogue is attractive; with a pillared entry passage that leads from the two rooms at the main entrance to the prayer hall consisting of two rooms; a rectangular room generally used for meetings and the larger prayer room with the Bimah and the Ark. There is a balcony above the eastern entry, on the first floor, which was used by the reader on certain special occasions. The ceiling and the brackets supporting the balcony are decorated with gilded carved wooden rosettes, typical of most synagogues. Behind this balcony is the women's gallery, which can be approached by a staircase situated near the entry to the synagogue. The original Bimah and Ark were taken to Israel in 1992 and replicas of the original have been installed in their place.

  • Paravur Market

    Paravur Market

    Paravur market was a very important centre of commerce at one point in history and is situated beside the backwaters. Trade flourished with produce being transported in ‘Vanchis’, traditional barges that plied the river. Some of the old shops have been retained along with their rolling shutters. The market is still a thriving commercial centre in the area.

  • Pattanam Excavation Site

    Pattanam Excavation Site

    The Pattanam excavations were the first ever multi-disciplinary excavations undertaken in Kerala. The first part of the project was a surface survey for archaeological and historical evidence in the region. This was followed by extensive excavations at the early historic urban site of Pattanam. The main objective of the excavation was to search for archaeological evidence that would help to locate/identify an early historic urban settlement and the ancient Indo-Roman port of Muziris or Musiri on the Malabar Coast.

    The site at Pattanam covers approximately 1.5 sq. km and the core area measures about 600 x 400 m. Many important findings were obtained like human bones, storage jars, a gold ornament, glass beads, stone beads, utilitarian objects made of stone, copper and iron, typical pottery, early Chera coins, brick walls, a brick platform, a ring well, a wharf with bollards, and a six meter long wooden canoe. The structures indicate a vast ‘urban’ settlement. The excavations also suggest that the site was first occupied by indigenous "Megalithic" (Iron Age) people, followed by the Roman contact in the Early Historic Period. It appears that the site was continuously occupied at least from the 2nd century BC to the 10th century AD. The maritime contacts of this region during the Early Historic Period seem to have been extensive as evidenced by the large number of Roman amphora shreds, a few Terra Sigillata shreds, Sassanian, Yemenite and other West Asian potteries. Proliferation of roulette ware probably made in the Bengal-Gangetic region signifies the site's importance in the pan Indian context as well.

  • Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple

    Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple

    The western entrance to the temple is on the Kodungallur- Ernakulam highway. This temple is said to be more than 2,000 years old and is remarkable for its numerous of representations of Shiva. There is a ‘Namaskara Mandapam’ with 16 pillars, which is in front of the Shrikovil. The temple festival ‘Utsavam’ is held in the Malayalam month of Kum­bham (Feb-Mar) during which the festival of Shivratri is celebrated in a grand manner. ‘Aanayottam’(a spectacular elephant race) is conducted as part of the festival. Devotees attend the prayers held just before the temple closes in the evening on full moon nights, to pray for a happy married life and to be blessed with children.

  • Vypeekotta Seminary

    Vypeekotta Seminary

    The remains of the Vypeekotta Seminary built by the Portuguese are preserved as a historic monument and site. This seminary was established to teach the priests of Malabar, the ceremonies and language to be used in Roman Catholic Churches founded here by the Portuguese.

    There were many buildings on the premises that were destroyed during the wars in later years after the seminary was established. There is a church still functioning in the compound, probably built during the same period and renovated later. Many stone inscriptions were found in the church compound during explorations conducted here in 1935. The inscriptions are fixed on a half wall in front of the church. The remains of the Seminary were declared as a protected monument in 1935.

  • Jew Street

    Jew Street

    The Jews who came here in search of land settled in this area. They flourished in business and established their community here. The entrance to Jews Street, from the main road to Paravur is bordered on either side by two ancient pillars. One of the pillars has fallen and is in a damaged state. There are still a few examples of old Jewish houses along the street.

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Part of the island of Vypin and blessed with a unique blend of sea and backwater, Cherai is an exotic mixture of nature, culture and history. With the Periyar River to the east and the Arabian Sea westwards, Cherai also offers vast stretches of luminous green coconut groves, paddy fields situated below sea level, a shoreline of secluded golden beaches, an occasional school of frolicking dolphins and tranquil stretches of scenic backwaters with Chinese fishing nets along the banks. Chera's tryst with history includes the fabled ancient port of Muziris and in being part of the European colonial era in Kerala. The area contains several historical temples, churches, mosques and monuments of antiquity.

Little is known for certain about Cherai's early history. But it is surmised that due to flooding of the River Periyar in 1341 the backwaters burst through the narrow sandbanks that separated them from the sea at Kochi thereby creating a new outlet to the sea. It is believed that the island of Vypin was created as a consequence, providing a home to the early inhabitants who made their living from fishing.

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  • cherai beach
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  • cherai beach

Cherai first finds historical mention after the Portuguese arrived on the Kerala coast in 1498. At this time a powerful ruler, the Zamorin ruled over all the feudal chieftains of the time in Kerala including the Cherai area then under the ruler of Kochi. The Zamorin welcomed the Portuguese and allowed them to participate in the trade of spices threatening the monopoly of the Arab traders. The Arabs intervened with the Zamorin to protect their business interests resulting in the Portuguese being refused a monopoly. Angered, they sought favour with the Kochi ruler who nursed ambitions of independence from the control of the Zamorin. In the conflict that followed the Kochi armies with the assistance of the Portuguese General Albuquerque defeated the Zamorin and the Portuguese were given exclusive rights to the spice trade from the port of Muziris. At this point in time the pirates operating in the waters off the Pallipuram area of Cherai posed a constant threat to local merchants and their goods. In order to protect their commercial interests the king of Kochi permitted the Portuguese to construct a fort: a hexagonal, three storey structure that acted as an outpost to protect the trade through the port of Muziris. Pallipuram and Muziris were developed by the Portuguese as 'twin cities'. In 1507 they built the Pallipuram Ave Maria Church followed by a seminary in 1574 and Jesuit monastery. These structures are still intact and accessible to visitors. In 1661 the Dutch Admiral Vander Meyden made an alliance with the Zamorin which eventually resulted in the expulsion of the Portuguese and occupation of the fort in Pallipuram by the Dutch. Although the Protestant Dutch slaughtered local Catholics, they did not destroy the Pallipuram church and instead even built a chapel for the church. In 1728 the seminary was converted to a leprasorium, today it functions as a school. Eventually control of Cherai was transferred to the British colonialists till India's independence from colonial rule. In fact there is an area in Cherai that is still referred to as 'British' by the locals.


Muziris was an ancient seaport of renown, set beside the Periyar River, center of the spice trade to West Asia and Europe and believed to have existed from around the beginning of the Christian era. Muziris finds mention in classical Tamil Sangam literature and in numerous European historical sources. In a massive flood of the Periyar in 1341, the port was said to have been partially destroyed and the river silted. The centres of commerce, over a period of time, shifted to other ports on the Malabar Coast. Soon the exact location of Muziris was forgotten. Currently, it is believed to have been located close to present day Kodungallur town.

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  • cherai beach
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Muziris Corner

A fabled port once, now lost to the mists of time, Muziris was the centre of the spice trade to the markets of West Asia and Europe. Archaeological excavations in the area across the river from Cherai revealed the first site in the Indian Ocean to yield archaeological evidence of Mediterranean, North African, West Asian and Chinese maritime contacts. Radiocarbon dating of specimens revealed that the age of some of the objects go back to around 1300 BC to 100 BC.

Archaeological research in the area conducted by the Kerala Council for Historical Research at Pattanam, across the river from Cherai, has led to the hypothesis that the area could have once been be an integral part of Muziris. This was the first site in the Indian Ocean to yield archaeological evidence of Mediterranean, North African, West Asian and Chinese maritime contacts.

In 1983 a large hoard of Roman coins was found at a site about six miles from Kodungallur on the northern bank of the 'Paravur Thodu', a branch of the Periyar River. The most remarkable find at the Pattanam excavations is a wharf complex built of brick with nine bollards to harbour boats, and in the midst of this, a highly decayed canoe, perfectly fossilized in the mud. The boat, 6 meters long, was made of Artocarpus Hirsutus, a tree common along the Malabar Coast. Radiocarbon dating revealed that the age of the canoe to date from 1300 BC to 100 BC, making it the earliest watercraft excavated from an archeological context in India.

The Jews of Kerala believed that it was to Kodungallur that their ancestors sailed sometime in the 1st century CE. Christian belief in the St.Thomas tradition states that it was here that Saint Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ, arrived in AD 52, bringing Christianity to the subcontinent. A church built by him and the earliest synagogue in India can be seen close to Pattanam and Kodungallur. It is also believed that a group of the early disciples of Prophet Muhammed, led by Malik Ibn Dinar arrived in Muziris to spread the faith and built the first mosque in India, the Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kodungallur.


A 2000 year old pillar, the dimensions and motiffs suggest that it was probably a decorative pillar of a residence. Found while exploring a marsh, close the estuary of the Periyar River, the area believed to be a part of the fabled port of Muziris.